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Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella

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Product Highlights
  • Clean Catchlights
  • Umbrella Ribs Hidden in Bounce Mode

This Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella with its removable black cover has an extra white satin panel added during construction. The result is the elimination of the reflection of the metal frame of the umbrella in the eyes of your subject, or on highly reflective surfaces, such as chrome or brass.
This size is perfect for portraits of 1 or 2 people, and small product set ups.
This umbrella is designed for use with strobe lighting.

Note: Using this umbrella with modeling lights or constant lights brighter than 300 watts for prolonged sessions will result in eventual discoloration or scorching.

Softens and broadens the light output of any strobe or lower wattage constant light.
Removable black cover allows the light source to "shoot-through", as a more direct light.

Note:Ribs are hidden in bounce mode. Removing black cover for shoot-through exposes the ribs.

Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella
  • Black, Removable Cover
  • 30 Day Manufacturer's Warranty
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    PhotogenicEC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella
     
    4.5

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (19)
    • Consistent (13)
    • Easy to set up (13)
    • Reliable (13)
    • Easy to setup (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (21)
      • Artificial lighting (15)
      • Photography (15)
      • Strobe lighting (11)
      • Weddings (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Fantastic value for money

      I was supprised at the quality of this umbrella having paid so little for it. The internal Satin panel on the inside makes the item look a lot more expensive than it acually was....Read complete review

      I was supprised at the quality of this umbrella having paid so little for it. The internal Satin panel on the inside makes the item look a lot more expensive than it acually was. The satin panel returns good light, not as stong as a silver umbrella(which tend to be to harsh on close up work), but also softens the light.
      I have only used it as a reflector so far and must say I am very happy with it.
      Having used lots of umbrellas over the last 10 years, I would have to admit this is one of the better ones I own. I am curious how it will last over time, but having said that, it's cheap enought to replace.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Unraveled

      Price can't be beat, but upon opening the umbrella two white seams were separating, and one of the threads holding one the tips broke. Luckily my wife can sew[...]If you...Read complete review

      Price can't be beat, but upon opening the umbrella two white seams were separating, and one of the threads holding one the tips broke. Luckily my wife can sew[...]If you buy - hopefully you have someone who can sew, as they will continue to need repair, by design. As far as the bounce and shoot through they work fine.

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      5.0

      Great Umbrellas

      By Photodan

      from Atlanta

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

        Wanted some new umbrellas with flat backs for more even lighting. Have always used Photogenic Equipment. Great quality. Durable. Works like it is supposed to. Bought these to use with a greenscreen background where I needed more consistenly even lighting.

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        5.0

        Withstands regular professional use

        By Charlie

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting
          • Weddings

          Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

          Eclipse umbrellas have been part of my portable lighting kit more than 20 years. I've always found them to be durable; this purchase was to replace another Eclipse umbrella that got bent in a fall – after years and years of professional use on location. I use them in a portrait set-up, with homemade nylon diffusion panels, creating a beautiful, soft light equivalent to a commercial softbox. This wouldn't be possible without the inner white nylon flat panel that characterizes the Eclipse umbrella. If the umbrella has any flaws, one would be that the plastic cap on the top of the umbrella has a tendency to work loose, and should be checked regularly and tightened. I can't think of any other problems. This is really a great product for amateurs or pros.

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          5.0

          Good Value

          By Andy

          from fort worth, texas

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

            Cant go wrong with photogenic

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great umbrellas

            By Bill

            from Southwest Ohio

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

              I use these for portraits and most recently to take portraits of a high school symphonic band. The strobes were at full power due to the distance and the umbrella provided a very nice, uniform light over the whole band. For portrait work they provide great catch lights, and when used with a diffusion panel, a soft even light. I really like how the spokes are hidden by the inner cover. I would diffidently recommend this product.

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              4.0

              Great Product

              By MR

              from Trinidad

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                Great product, well built, packaged right, works well!!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great!

                By TJ

                from Abingdon, MD

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                  I needed this for occational indoor sessions for newborns and portraits. I normally only use sunlight but this works great as a super low cost solution to those few times I need lighting. I am happy with it so far!

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                  5.0

                  By far the greatest reflective umbrella

                  By Rob

                  from Columbus, OH

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great quality of light
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Strobe Lighting
                    • Weddings

                    Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                    Not only does this umbrella give a great quality of light and catch light, but it saves your flashes when the wind blows your stand over because you're too lazy to carry around a sand bag or 2.

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                    4.0

                    Good umbrella for speedlites.

                    By Mike

                    from Stone Mountain, GA.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                      This item is well built and easy to work with. The black cover is easy to remove an put back on.

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                      5.0

                      More bang for your buck

                      By TP

                      from Phoenix, AZ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                        Just received this umbrella and after three hours of testing, it is as much and more than I had hoped for! For shooting portraits, this umbrella does a great job at diffusing the light in bounce mode and is very durable to boot! Great buy!

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                        4.0

                        Very nice, but could be improved

                        By Craig A.

                        from Fort Wayne, IN

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                          Umbrella is very nice, especially the enclosed ribs. Very useful to have removable black cover. My only complaint is that the hole in the center of the black cover (where it slips over the shaft) should have a grommet or something similar. The fabric is just loose and there are loose threads flying all over. The umbrella shaft is threaded so I thought I was missing something as the cover just slips over (no nut). The fabric fits tight over the umbrella so it's not a problem, just a fit and finish issue. Seems like the cover won't last as long as it should. Shame on them.

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                          5.0

                          My new go-to brand...

                          By Jean Francois

                          from Florida

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                            Bought the Eclipse 45 to see if it would suit my needs and will be adding several more (larger, smaller, white, silver). Haven't had a chance to try it as a shoot-through yet, but I generally prefer dedicated, non-convertible umbrellas for that. Great quality at a good price.

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                            4.0

                            Versatile umbrella

                            By Steve K

                            from West Caldwell, NJ

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                              Great versatility in this umbrella. The black shell comes off easily, giving you a serviceable and very portable softbox type of light.

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                              3.0

                              Unraveled

                              By BSim

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Short Lifespan

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                              Price can't be beat, but upon opening the umbrella two white seams were separating, and one of the threads holding one the tips broke. Luckily my wife can sew[...]If you buy - hopefully you have someone who can sew, as they will continue to need repair, by design. As far as the bounce and shoot through they work fine.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Worth every penny!!

                              By Blad500

                              from Texas Gulf Coast

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting
                                • Weddings

                                Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                                I have owned Eclipse umbrellas for years and I recently purchase four (4) new ones. I purchase two (2) 32" and two (2) 45" white umbrellas. These are fantastic tools and will add about two stops to your exposure. The catch lights are very clean, round and without the star effect in the subjects eyes. You can pay less or you can pay more but for my money, you can't go wrong with the Eclipse. In addition, I also have the 60" white and silver versions and have been using them for years.

                                As a professional photographer, you owe it to yourself and your clients to use not only the best equipment that you can afford but also equipment that you know that you can trust. This is one such product.

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                                4.0

                                No ribs, better light

                                By Larry

                                from Bethesda, MD

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy Setup
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable
                                • Well made

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits
                                  • Speedlights

                                  Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                                  Great for my SB900 and portraits. It is well made and a good value.

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                                  5.0

                                  Eclipse 45" Umbrella

                                  By Craig "The Mac"

                                  from Atlanta, GA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Strobe Lighting

                                    Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                                    When it came time to replace my umbrellas, I definitely wanted to upgrade and go large. These Photogenics fit the bill. The rod is solid - not hollow like the cheap ones I used to have. And having the support arms embedded under the fabric was a nice touch to keep any reflections from the chrome from getting back to the subject. And the umbrella itself is designed to focus the light in the direction of your subject - not just send it out in a huge arc. Overall, I was very pleased.

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                                    3.0

                                    Good idea, decent quality

                                    By wwt

                                    from Boston, MA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits
                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                                      Works as described in terms of hiding umbrella ribs in reflective mode; quality about on par with other umbrellas, which is to say so-so.

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                                      5.0

                                      Must have item

                                      By hwmsjbug

                                      from Memphis, Tennessee

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent
                                      • Easy Setup
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Artificial Lighting
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Weddings

                                        Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                                        Most versatile umbrella on the market with outer cover which can be removed to expose inner liner for softer light.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great Value

                                        By Ryan the Photog

                                        from South Lake Tahoe, CA

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent
                                        • Easy Setup
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                          • Photography
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Weddings

                                          Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                                          The umbrellas work well. The ability to convert it to a shoot through as opposed to a bounce is a great feature. I am thinking about buying a smaller version for outdoor work as this thing is BIG... (It catches a lot of wind!)

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                                          4.0

                                          Good Value

                                          By Thomas

                                          from Austin, TX

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy Setup
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artificial Lighting
                                            • Photography
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Strobe Lighting

                                            Comments about Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella:

                                            I bought this to use with my Canon 580 EX II flash.

                                            It works well, and I appreciate being able to remove the black backing and use it in shoot-through mode.

                                            It seems to be constructed well enough, although I haven't used it a ton, yet.

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